“Don’t you think it is a bit strange that as well as bringing his hippo to lunch, Bill Kay admits to keeping it on his bedside table?” – Jupiter’s Alicia Wyllie.”Paul Farrow looks like Robert de Niro in Meet the Parents.” – Hargreaves Lansdown’s Meera Patel.”I am trying to be taken seriously as a PR so I have to stop appearing in Out of Context.” – Lansons PR Lisa Folwell.”I would be fine, thanks, except I have just spent most of my day on the phone to pension companies. It seems it is the cross we have to bear.” – Anonymous IFA.”Yeah, I did the tourist thing. I went up the Empire First State Building.” – Four days in New York was not long enough for Caroline Hancock of Financial Dynamics.Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor James Phillipps, email: email@example.com or tel: 0207 943 8035
The Mortgage Business has followed otherspecialist lenders such as Platform, GMAC and BM Solutions in sharpening up its rates.
Around 3.4 million people are caught by the 40 per cent income tax rate and a large number of these are retired.
Equitable Life may have to pay compensation to 1,500 policyholders after a lead case was upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service last week.
Ethical Mortgage Solutions chief executive Steve Royal says the firm is financially secure but admits to a slow period after M-Day which has led to restructuring, cost-cutting and some redundancies. Mortgage Next, which provides regulatory services to the group, says it will continue to give regulatory support to the ARs whatever Ethical’s position.
Macroeconomic matters are less significant for stockpickers, says fund manager Philip Wolstencroft. The companies in his portfolio are growing reliably and stand at a 20 per cent discount to the market.
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